• Isotopes ink deal with the Rockies
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Bye-bye Los Angeles Dodgers. Hello Colorado Rockies. Officials with the Albuquerque Isotopes and the Rockies signed a four-year player development agreement during a news conference Wednesday, marking the official move of the major league team’s Triple-A affiliation from Colorado Springs to Albuquerque. The Isotopes had been affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2008 until the team cut its ties last month. “This is the start of a new era,” said John Traub, the Isotopes general manager. Officials with the Rockies and the Isotopes said their new relationship makes sense for geographical reasons and because Albuquerque feels like an extension of home for the major league team. “It’s a six-hour drive from here into Denver. It’s a one-hour flight,” said Jeff Bridich, the Rockies senior director of player development. “Did that play into it? Absolutely. And the fact that this is a large city and growing city and hopefully it’s growing full of Rockies fans.” Similar altitudes, a state-of-the-art ball field and the fan bases for both the Rockies and the Isotopes were also considerations for coming to Albuquerque, the officials said.
  • Friday's prep football scores
    Alamogordo 46, Highland 8 Artesia 48, Valencia 31 Aztec 56, Kirtland Central 6 Belen 35, Farmington 20 Bloomfield 45, Socorro 6 Centennial 55, Del Norte 14 Chaparral 20, San Elizario, Texas 14 Clayton 35, Sunray, Texas 13 Cobre 20, EP Ysleta, Texas 12 EP El Dorado, Texas 50, Gadsden 12 EP Hanks, Texas 35, Santa Teresa 6 Escalante 57, Navajo Prep 34 Foothill 65, Carrizozo 54 Fort Sumner 51, Questa 8 Goddard 55, Los Lunas 0 Hagerman 12, Dexter 8 Hobbs 48, Roswell 0 Hondo 62, Floyd 12 Kayenta Monument Valley, Ariz. 42, Shiprock 0 Laguna-Acoma 30, West Las Vegas 13 Las Cruces 28, Volcano Vista 22 Logan 77, Dora 37 Mayfield 45, Carlsbad 8 Miyamura 24, Bayfield, Colo. 21 Mountainair 78, Alamo-Navajo 8 NMMI 39, Mesilla Valley Christian 0 Piedra Vista 14, Durango, Colo. 8 Pojoaque Valley 30, Española Valley 28 Rio Rancho 41, La Cueva 20 Ruidoso 35, Lovington 14 San Jon/Grady 50, NMSD 6 Santa Fe 43, Capital 6 Springer 28, Shiprock Northwest 8 Tatum 54, Menaul 0 Texico 49, Portales 32
  • Lobo baseball team unveils new schedule
    ALBUQUERQUE — According to University of New Mexico manager Ray Birmingham, the Lobos’ 2015 schedule leaves his team with “nowhere to breathe.” The 2015 baseball schedule was officially released Tuesday by UNM. The Lobos will face seven teams that advanced to the 2014 NCAA Tournament, including the No. 1 overall seed Oregon State Beavers, super regional participant Houston, and Texas Tech, which advanced all the way to the College World Series. Also on the docket are Arizona State, Kansas and Mountain West foes San Diego State and UNLV. “This is another hard schedule,” said Birmingham, who is entering his eighth season as head coach. “It’s really hard, especially for a team that is still very young in regards to position players.” UNM opens the season in the Surprise Tournament in Arizona. The Lobos will face Michigan State in their season-opener Feb. 13 before taking on Northwestern the next day. They close the tournament with games the next two days against the Beavers. The following weekend marks the opening of Mountain West play as the defending conference co-champion Lobos visit Air Force in what’s likely to be a chilly three games in Colorado Springs Feb. 20-22.
  • Neal gets big pay bump
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico men's basketball coach Craig Neal has agreed to a new six-year, $5.7 million contract after leading the Lobos to the NCAA tournament in his first season at the helm, the school announced Monday. Neal, who took over after Steve Alford left for UCLA before last season, was already under contract through 2020, so the deal doesn't extend the length but is "essentially" a pay increase, New Mexico athletics spokesman Matt Ensor said. New Mexico had signed Neal to a contract extension in March. Neal led New Mexico to a 27-7 record last year and is the first coach to lead the Lobos to the NCAA tournament in his first season. "This means a lot to me and our program," Neal said. "I've received tremendous support from our administration, university and fans in my first year as head coach. It all reaffirmed to me that the University of New Mexico is where I want to spend my career." Athletic director Paul Krebs said Craig has done an exemplary job in his short time as head coach.
  • Lobos fall short in opener vs. Miners
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Aaron Jones ran for a career-best 237 yards and three touchdowns to lead UTEP to a 31-24 victory over the University of New Mexico in Saturday’s season opener for both teams. Jones scored his final touchdown with 2:18 remaining to break a 24-all tie after Lobos’ punt returner Dameon Gamblin muffed a punt at the 6-yard line. The Miners built a 24-7 halftime lead behind two of Jones’ scores, including a 73-yarder. “It was fun,” said Jones, who was briefly recruited by New Mexico. “When you’re clicking on high cylinders, everything is fun. When you get the win, it’s fun.” And it’s especially fun to foil the Lobos, he said. “They called me and told me my senior year that they were going to do an in-home visit and they never showed up,” Jones said. “They called and told me when they were coming, my mom cooked and they never showed up. So I have to take it to them.” Although the Miners used a revamped offensive line, they were able to pile up the yardage in the first half when they compiled 227 rushing yards.
  • Friday's prep football scores
    Alamogordo 39, Valencia 0 Artesia 40, Belen 14 Aztec 20, Bloomfield 0 Bayfield, Colo. 48, Kirtland Central 6 Bernalillo 49, Taos 24 Capital 25, Socorro 13 Carrizozo 60, Ramah 6 Centennial 42, Onate 10 Cibola 44, Albuquerque High 20 Clayton 51, West Las Vegas 6 Cloudcroft 46, Springer 0 Deming 44, EP Cathedral, Texas 7 Dexter 25, Hatch Valley 20 Dulce 27, Navajo Pine 6 Eldorado 14, Rio Grande 0 EP Americas, Texas 35, Carlsbad 19 EP Del Valle, Texas 41, Gadsden 7 EP Riverside, Texas 28, Chaparral 14 Escalante 34, Tucumcari 28 Espanola Valley 54, McCurdy 6 Gateway Christian 60, Menaul 6 Hagerman 28, Capitan 6 Hondo 68, Roy/Wagon Mound 13 Hot Springs 20, Tularosa 13 La Junta, Colo. 52, Raton 0 Lordsburg 53, Willcox, Ariz. 7 Melrose 50, Mescalero Apache 0 Moriarty 37, Miyamura 27 Pojoaque 18, Los Alamos 6 Questa 30, Zuni 8 Rio Rancho 49, Valley 0 Robertson 14, Portales 7 Ruidoso 21, Roswell 20 San Juan Blanding, Utah 35, Piedra Vista 8 Santa Rosa 25, Texico 12 Santa Teresa 22, San Elizario, Texas 6 Seagraves, Texas 53, Jal 0 Thoreau 52, Tohatchi 0  
  • Aggies open their season with 28-10 win
    LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University Aggie football team began the 2014 season with a solid win, defeating the Cal-Poly Mustangs, 28-10, in its home opener Thursday night in front of 13,772 fans inside Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Aggies gained 315 total yards in the contest. Freshman Larry Rose III led the way for NMSU, finishing with 150 yards on the ground on 30 carries in his Aggie debut. Rose III scored twice, once on the ground and another on a touchdown catch in the second half to seal the victory. It was a solid start for the Aggie offense Thursday. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Rogers went 18-for-27 for 118 yards, two touchdown throws and one interception.  As good as the offense was, perhaps more dominating was the young NMSU defense, especially in the second half.  The Aggies shutout the Mustangs in the third and fourth quarters and allowed only 27 yards after halftime. The Mustangs rolled up 236 yards rushing in the first half, but were limited to 23 in the second half. NMSU freshman linebacker Derek Ibekwe led the defense with a total of 14 tackles and half a sack in the game. Fellow linebacker Rodney Butler also had double-digits tackles and also had a sack. NMSU (1-0) won just two contests in all of 2013. 
  • 'Topes continue their struggles
    The Albuquerque Isotopes continued their limp to the finish of the 2014 season Monday with a loss in the second game of their series against Oklahoma City. The Isotopes were shut out against Oklahoma City’s RedHawks 3-0. A quartet of RedHawks pitchers combined to hold the Isotopes to six hits for the game. Albuquerque’s Matt Magill (7-6) and Bruce Billings, the only two pitchers to make appearances for the team Monday, also allowed just six combined hits. But Oklahoma City scored twice in the bottom of the eighth on a walk to force in a run and a sacrifice fly. Magill allowed just one earned run in 5-2/3 innings. With Monday’s loss, the Isotopes (59-77) have dropped three straight contests and four of their last five. For the month of August, they are 6-18. The Isotopes will play their final two road games of the season today and Wednesday. Thursday, Albuquerque will return home for the final three games of its season. It will face the Las Vegas 51s Thursday, Friday and Sunday to close out the year. The 51s have already already clinched the Pacific Southern division’s championship and will advance to the 2014 PCL playoffs. Pederson joins exclusive club
  • Lobo soccer issues hazing apology
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — University of New Mexico women’s soccer team has apologized for a hazing case that sent two players to the hospital for alcohol intoxication. The team said Monday in a statement that players are sorry for disappointing the school and the city of Albuquerque, and will try to use the embarrassment as a learning opportunity. Last week, the University of New Mexico suspended women’s soccer coach Kit Vela for a week without pay and suspended 22 players for one game over the hazing episode. Athletic director Paul Krebs said assistant coaches Jorge Vela and Krista Foo also will receive letters of reprimand. School officials say last week’s hazing involved seven true freshmen and two were taken to the hospital.
  • Davie thinks Lobos will improve
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Bob Davie sees an opportunity entering his third season at New Mexico. "We're in a position for the first time to gain some traction and gain some momentum in this program," Davie said. "I really believe that. We know what the first year was. We know what the second year was. This is the third year and we have a chance to gain some momentum that will continue to multiply over the years." In the three years before Davie arrived, the Lobos had won a total of three games. New Mexico has won seven games since. Davie said the past doesn't loom over the program anymore. "I am really excited with where we are," Davie said. "And that's what's fun about this. We've got some talent. We've got some talent." Five things to watch as the Lobos continue to look ahead: THE OFFENSE IS THE THING: The Lobos had few problems moving the ball last season behind their spread/option offense that put a premium on quarterback Cole Gautsche's decision-making ability. In the high-scoring Mountain West, however, teams tended to surge up and down the field nearly at will. "Teams are going to move the ball in this league," Davie said. "I think we are very progressive on offense. I think we are ahead of the curve on offense."